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ERIC Number: EJ832513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-27
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Germany Provides Higher Education without the Frills
Labi, Aisha
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n25 pA18 Feb 2009
In Germany, tuition is low because state governments shoulder a much higher percentage of university budgets than in the United States. As a result, most German universities provide far fewer amenities and services, and require their professors to teach longer hours to larger numbers of students than their American counterparts. Because they are almost entirely dependent on government money, German rectors also have less spending discretion than American university presidents do and are required, for example, to seek permission from legislators to undertake major building projects or renovations. As in other parts of Europe, there are indications that Germany may be embracing elements of the American model. The introduction of tuition is part of a larger plan to wean institutions off government dependency while simultaneously improving their overall quality. There is now a push in Germany to increase private fund raising, allow institutions greater control over admissions, and provide more student-friendly services. Although many European universities still fundamentally embody a definition of the college experience that centers largely on education and encourages students to take responsibility for their own academic success or failure, the postwar higher education system built on the principle of egalitarianism, growing influence of national rankings in the past decade has helped to underscore already-existing differences in quality, and universities have begun to play up those differences as they take the first steps toward selling themselves to prospective students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany; United States